NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — At least 43% of the NYPD’s officers and staffers are vaccinated against COVID-19, the department said Wednesday.
As of Wednesday, the NYPD’s own personnel had administered vaccines to approximately 43% of the department’s police officers and professional support staff members, the department said in a statement provided to 1010 WINS.
The department’s overall vaccination rate, however, could be higher than that, as its employees may have chosen to get vaccinated by their own health care providers or at non-NYPD-run vaccination sites, a spokesperson for the agency noted.
“Since vaccines became available, we have encouraged our employees, especially those who have contact with the public, to get vaccinated,” the NYPD’s statement read. “We have made vaccinations available at multiple times and at multiple locations to ensure that as many of our employees as possible get the vaccination.”
“The NYPD has produced and distributed two videos encouraging NYPD personnel to be vaccinated, and two more videos are in production,” the department added. “Upwards of 11,000 members of the NYPD have been infected with COVID-19 and statistically have a far lower likelihood of re-contracting the disease.”
“That said, our newest internal messaging focuses on addressing rumors, misinformation and concerns with vaccination,” the NYPD went on to say. “While we have stopped short of compelling uniformed officers to be vaccinated by rule — which would likely face lengthy legal challenges — we have focused our efforts on strong education and encouragement.”
The NYPD released the new data on the same day Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City would require public hospital and health clinic staffers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or get tested for the virus every week.